February Meeting: Drafting a Pattern

PatternDraftingBetty Allen gave an inspiring Thought for the Day. Our February program was presented by Linda Flanders on the topic “Drafting a Pattern.” We may be skilled in sewing our blocks and making beautiful quilts, but knowing how to draft your own pattern can open up all kinds of interesting possibilities. When you find a pattern for a 12″ block but you really want to make yours 8″ or 15″ (or any other size), you don’t have to give up and settle for 12″ blocks. Making a 12″ block on a 7-patch or 5-patch grid requires drafting, and some of us did this on our Shapely Challenge blocks.

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Linda highly recommended Jinny Beyer’s book, The Quilter’s Album of Blocks & Borders, published in 1984 and a real treasure for a quilter’s library. Additionally, drafting your own blocks can increase accuracy. Although drafting sounds complicated and puzzling, Linda showed us some simple graph paper and ruler methods for taking the mystery out of it.This is much easier to do than to describe, and Linda’s workshop on February 24 will make her demonstrations very clear.

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Shirley Wiltshire reminded us all of the Big Pink Scrap Box that will be at every meeting until the show. We are to bring our 100% cotton scraps that are at least 2″ x 4″ for the box. They can be larger, but must be 2″ x 4″ minimum. Shoppers will be able to buy these for $1.00 a quart-size bag in the Boutique. Mary Nell Magee led the boutique group in making Iron Tote/Pressing Pads last week. Unbuttoned, the tote is a pressing pad. Buttoned, it is for transporting an iron while it is still hot from a workshop.

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Charitable activities: Today we had 13 children’s quilts turned in, 44 pillows, 10 mother’s pads, 10 blankets, 12 walker totes, and six catheter bag covers. Mary Nell always has some “quilt kits” (top, batting, backing, binding) ready for quilters to take home and complete for Children’s Quilts. If you can’t attend regular CQ workdays on the first Tuesdays, here is a way to help.

Betty Bingham announced she had purchased for the library the book, Leaving Gee’s Bend, a historical fiction book by Irene Latham she told us about last meeting.

Quilt Show: Martha Ginn gave a quilt show report and called for committee members to stay for a brief meeting. We have mailed out “Save the Date” cards and will take them to the MQA meeting in Oxford this weekend. The raffle quilt Autumn Spice should be finished by the March meeting and tickets will be printed for us to sell. Reminder–each member is responsible for at least 20 tickets. This quilt will be so beautiful that the tickets should be easy to sell! The Information Page, Categories, Entry Form, and Off-Site Check-In page are all on the website under the Quilt Show tab. We can go ahead and be preparing our entries for anything that is already completed, rather than rushing at the last minute. Remember, there is a $3 per quilt discount for early entry. Entry Deadline is August 15; early entry discount deadline is August 1. We will have forms available at the next meeting.

Snippets: Ellen Cox showed several children’s quilts made with some easy instructions using 5″ and 10″ squares and a sew and fold method. Instructions and video can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgV64kXet7s

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Betty Reid showed her pressing board made from two joined cardboard fabric tubes covered with batting and insulated fabric. These can be folded and stored in a pillowcase for taking to workshops. BettyReid

Next meeting: Our March 9 meeting will be the big Reveal of the Shapely Challenge quilts. Your quilt must be completed with a label to be part of the Viewers’ Choice voting. We would enjoy seeing your beginning fat quarters you drew. Be sure to bring pieces of these if you have any left. The program will be “Finishing the Edge” by Ellen Cox, Elvia Edwards, Susie Jackson, and Dianne McLendon. The Flower Pop friendship blocks are also due. Workshop for March will be by Joan Alliston teaching the “Homestead” block, a Laundry Basket Quilts pattern.